Fiction Edition 2018

10 August 2018 #568

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Fiction Edition 2018


The highly-anticipated Fiction Edition has hit the streets, featuring 13 magnificent short stories from established and emerging writers all around the country.

Climb a mountain in Korea, eat a plateful of golden laddus, dive into the ocean and take part in an Easter egg hunt you’ll never forget – all from the comfort of your couch with the latest Big Issue.

The magazine has stories from award-winning authors Garth Nix, Marija Peričić, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Melanie Cheng and Tony Birch.

Another eight works were plucked from more than 400 submissions, with the help of guest judge and best-selling author Graeme Simsion.

Be immersed in stories about identity, love won and love lost, and coming of age, all brought to life by the whimsical wonder of Paul Vizzari’s illustrations.

Plus in Meet Your Vendor, Nick from Melbourne explains why the Fiction Edition is special to vendors and budding authors alike.  


Meet the writers in the 2018 Fiction Edition


Atul Joshi has had short fiction published in Seizure Online and Ricepaper Magazine (Canada). A former classical musician, he is studying Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS. Born in Myanmar of Indian parents, Atul migrated to Australia in 1971.

Dasha Maiorova is a Belarus-born emerging writer and visual artist. She is currently working on her first novel, a contemporary Russian gothic set in Saint Petersburg.

Eleanor Limprecht is the author of The Passengers (2018), Long Bay (2015) and What Was Left (2013), which was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Eleanor has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS where she teaches creative writing.

Elizabeth Flux has been published in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and Best Australian Stories. She won the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize, received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and is an editor for Melbourne City of Literature’s Reading Victoria series.

Garth Nix is a New York Times bestselling novelist who specialises in young adult fantasy. More than six million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 42 languages.

James Hughes has won and been shortlisted in writing contests in Australia and overseas. His collection of stories, Understanding Almost Nothing of the World, will be on offer to publishers this year.

Laura Elvery is the author of Trick of the Light (2018). She has a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT and recently won the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Marija Peričić is a writer and English language teacher at Deakin University. Her first novel, The Lost Pages (2017), won the Vogel's Literary Award 2017. Marija was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian novelist in 2018.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the ABIA-award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014), the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race (2016) and the award-winning poetry collection Carrying the World (2016).

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day (2017), won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.

Melissa Manning has been published in Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Small Fictions (US), Overland and Tasmania 40°South, and won the 2015 Overland Story Wine Prize. She is working on a short story collection with support from ASA and the Wheeler Centre.

Natasha Buzzacott is a mum, partner, scientist, traveller, motorcycle race official and cat lover who has previously published online movie reviews. This is her first published fictional work.

Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River (2015), winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and Shadowboxing (2006). Tony is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

The Fiction Edition has 16 extra pages thanks to the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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